To Reach Your Dream

If God gives you a dream,
don’t let the world
beat it out of you
Have faith
knowing you can reach your goal
if you
have the determination to complete your journey,
put the work in,
and have the passion
to sustain your inner confidence

My Father

As a child growing up, I saw my father as a strong, strict, disciplinarian that was in charge of raising four children. But as the years passed, he was much more than that. My dad was a teacher, a sage that taught me useful skills and unknown life hacks that I still use to this day.
As a teenager moving at 90 mph into adulthood, my dad became a therapist that imparted wise advice and guidance that helped me make major decisions in shaping my outlook on life. In addition, he was also a positive cheerleader that gave unyielding support in all my endeavors.
As we both grew older, my father’s stern exterior was soon softened and a nurturing side developed when he spent time with his grandchildren. Through my children’s eyes, I saw a man that would do goofy things for a laugh and a smile, give comforting hugs in times of sadness and instill a sense of goodness whenever possible.
My dad may not be as strong as before and he may not have new knowledge to impart on me, but he continues to be supportive and extremely generous in his own unique way.
Growing up having him as a father, is truly a gift. I could not be more proud and honored to be called his son. And I am carrying on the tradition of imparting his traits onto my children and hopefully become like my father…the man that I now idolize and adore.

The Writer’s Essence

A writer’s essence
comes through the page
when the reader
laughs, cries, scowls,
smiles or cheers
The reader’s emotions embody
everything that has come forth
from the writer’s inner voice
When this happens,
when this symbiotic rapport occurs,
then the art of writing
truly becomes fulfilled